Feelin' Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

LONG LAKE -- The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, Abenaque Order of the Eastern Star 745, Long Lake Rescue Squad and Long Lake Fire Department join forces for the Second Annual Feelin' Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Dec. 28.

This event is a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique.

Funds collected for the Wounded Warrior Project support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families. In 2012 teams raised over $7,000, and organizers are determined to beat that goal this year.

Registration will be at Adirondack Hotel from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. sharp with the Plunge slated for 1 p.m. at the Town Beach, 1258 Main Street, Long Lake. All participants will be required to have their blood pressure checked at registration.

Pre-registration materials and Wounded Warrior pledge sheets will be available at the Long Lake Town Office Building, 1130 Deerland Road, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (518) 624-3077 or go to www.mylonglake.com under 'Winter Events' and 'Calendar of Events.'

Participants are asked to bring towels, robes and warm clothes. They will have access to a warm public restroom on site and warm busses will be used as holding areas at the beach before and after the plunge.

The Long Lake Fire Department will be on site to manage the safety of the polar bears.

Actor Peter Michael Marino will emcee the event this year. Marino, best known for hosting the Fourth of July Long Lake Bed Races, will keep the crowd warm with his jokes and commentary.

Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment. The Wounded Warrior Projects' 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.